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Let’s imagine how we’ll interact with technology in the future

Our use of technology is ever-increasing, and a need for some sort of equilibrium is more necessary than ever. We need smarter ways of interacting with technology that takes us beyond just touchscreens.

JAPAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA with hearing impaired audiences

Pixie Dust Technology’s work centres on a new relationship between humanity and tech – a kind of symbiosis. From producing voice-activated, self-driving wheelchairs, to fashion that’s designed by AI to fit a person’s unique style and taste, Pixie Dust Technology is moving us into a new age of interaction with technology.

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3D Maps will revolutionise autonomous driving

Autonomous driving is becoming more and more a reality, and these vehicles will need maps that are fully interactive and 3D. Dynamic Map Platform develop just this: fully 3D maps of our modern world.

Dynamic Map Platform’s vision is to create a ‘3D Position Information Platform’. They’ll do this using extremely precise map data, and the uses for these maps go beyond just autonomous cars. They predict their maps will be used in many other forms of transportation, as well as in disaster recovery and urban planning.

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We can make employees happier

Job satisfaction is a very important topic. Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the challenges they face with employee happiness and retention.

Unipos is a startup who have developed an app designed to spread love and harmony within a company. Their service enables users to send messages of support and gratitude to their colleagues throughout the day. 

Points can be awarded and effort celebrated, creating an encouraging atmosphere where people feel valued. 

Unipos brings our people and teams closer. It helps drive transparency and employee engagement.

We experienced a significant growth in employee size. Our challenge was to explore tools that would enable us to hold the teams together, and continue to foster our core values. Unipos was a great tool to tackle that. It helped us acknowledge and celebrate small or big wins happening within our teams.

– Andries Bellemans, Lisk Head of HR

From an employer’s perspective, Unipos is highly effective for creating a supportive work environment, while keeping employees engaged in their work and the philosophy of their business.

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6 Japanese Startups to Watch at IFA 2019

It’s no surprise, given Japan’s fierce reputation for technological development, that its startups are innovating and pushing boundaries in ways only the Japanese could do. Brain scanners? Wooden screens? Emotional AI? It’s clear their horizons are slightly more broader than the rest of ours. 

With 19 startups coming over from Japan for Berlin’s IFA exhibition in September, we take a look at five of them that we think are destined for big things.


Empath

We’ve all experienced misunderstandings. Whether we’ve unknowingly chosen the wrong tone to speak to someone, or we’ve misinterpreted the mood of the person we’re communicating with. 

Empath is an Emotion AI tool which aims to solve this problem. It can identify the moods and emotions behind the voices it hears, and represents voice tones on its dashboard with an easy-to-read emoji interface. 

Empath has found a home in call centres, where phone operators can monitor the emotions in their own voices and gauge those of their customers in real-time. A managers can also monitor the overall mood of their teams.

Its aim is to help people understand and empathise with each other – creating harmonious exchanges. 


Unipos

Job satisfaction is a very important topic. Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the challenges they face with employee happiness and retention.

Unipos is a startup which has developed an app designed to spread love and harmony within a workplace. Their app enables users to send messages of support and gratitude to their colleagues throughout the day. 

Points can be awarded and effort celebrated, creating an encouraging atmosphere where people feel valued. 

From an employer’s perspective, Unipos is highly effective for creating a supportive work environment, while keeping employees engaged in their work and the philosophy of their business.


INDETAIL

‘Upgrade the world’ is the motto of INDETAIL, a company that seeks to bring blockchain into businesses, communities and our daily lives. 

One of their recent projects has involved creating an unmanned, multilingual check-in desk for foreign visitors in hotels which syncs with a keyless, smart lock system enabling the whole hotel experience to be automated and simplified for non-Japanese speakers. 

Using their motto, INDETAIL will take their ideas around the world, simplifying it for its users.


NeU

NeU are making innovative waves in the area of brain science, thanks to their range of wearable brain measuring devices. 

Utilising the world’s most advanced neuro-science technology, NeU have developed an ultra-compact and lightweight brain activity measuring device. It simply wraps around your head and beings recording activity.  

With the information gathered, NeU offer programmes in workforce efficiency, brain training exercises and opportunities to perform neuro marketing analysis.


mui

What’s unusual about mui, especially for a startup coming from Japan, is how they’re interested in creating spaces free from technology. Well, not completely. 

mui integrate natural materials – specifically wood – into modern technology in a subtle way. They believe our homes should be a tranquil haven that eschews technology in favour of natural aesthetics. Their products allow us to still enjoy the benefits of technology while not allowing them to interfere with our time away from a screen. 

Their products allow you to read messages, adjust the thermostat and much more, all while avoiding interacting with a screen. We’d love to see more of their technology in Europe and we’re keen to see what these guys bring to IFA.


Dynamic Map Platform

Dynamic Map Platform create full-3D of our roads and cities. It sounds pretty simple, but it’s an extreme feat of technology and their maps could have thousands of uses in the modern world.

Autonomous driving is just one. These vehicles will need maps that are fully interactive, precise and 3D for them to correctly and safely judge their surroundings. 

Other uses Dynamic Map Platform have so far experimented with include disaster recovery and urban planning. But the potential is endless – especially when integrated into smartphone apps. 

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Edge computing and how it can improve our daily lives

Idein Inc. is a tech company that’s living on the edge. Edge computing, that is. They are developing machine learning models and applications that are bringing the Internet of Things into daily life, in the name of improving it. 

Their pattern-matching software offer advanced face, image and object recognition – allowing sensors to see, catalogue, understand and interact with the world around them. Compatible with inexpensive, readily-available devices such as the Raspberry Pi, Idein Inc. makes edge computing accessible to everyone.

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Blockchain to upgrade the world.

INDETAIL is a blockchain company with the motto: “Upgrade the World!” 

Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station

Using AI, IoT, Cloud and blockchain as their core technologies, they want to bring blockchain into businesses, communities and our daily life; all aspects of the world around us. 

One of their recent projects has involved creating an unmanned, multilingual hotel check-in desk for foreign visitors which syncs with a keyless, smart lock system – enabling the whole hotel experience to be automated and simplified for non-Japanese speakers. 

Another involves creating a blockchain-based electric vehicle public transport network for under-populated areas that lack solid infrastructures.

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Tech at home – how Yukai are creating robots that blend into our home

With the aim of making our home environments ‘intelligent’, Yukai are developing robots that slip seamlessly into our daily lives. Think of all the mundane tasks that make up our day-to-day living, and how we could improve our lifestyles with the help of technology. Yukai are pushing forward to create robots that respond to our real needs and free up our time for things that are more important to us. 

Yukai’s vision for the future sees us moving on from our smartphone dependency, and into a new era where robots pick up on our desires and needs without the need of a touchscreen. An exciting world is just around the corner, and Yukai aim to be at the forefront of this technological revolution.

Becco at home